Mastering AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014: Autodesk Official Press [NOOK Book]


The complete, detailed reference and tutorial for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014

AutoCAD Civil 3D is the industry-leading civil engineering software, and this authoritative Autodesk Official Press book has been completely updated to offer you the latest tips, tricks, and techniques of this dynamic engineering program. Packed with new, real-world examples and practical tutorials, this book takes advantage of the authors' extensive experience and Civil 3D expertise, which allows them to ...

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The complete, detailed reference and tutorial for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014

AutoCAD Civil 3D is the industry-leading civil engineering software, and this authoritative Autodesk Official Press book has been completely updated to offer you the latest tips, tricks, and techniques of this dynamic engineering program. Packed with new, real-world examples and practical tutorials, this book takes advantage of the authors' extensive experience and Civil 3D expertise, which allows them to share best practices and methods for creating, editing, displaying, labeling and presenting real-world civil engineering projects.

  • Features a new, expanded section on advanced survey tools
  • Offers in-depth, detailed coverage of surveying, points, alignments, surfaces, profiles, corridors, grading, LandXML and LDT Project Transfer, cross sections, pipe networks, visualization, sheets, and project management
  • Includes valuable content to help prepare you for the Civil 3D certification exams as well as downloadable datasets
  • Shares the most up-to-date topics and techniques of the real world to help prepare you for what you can expect

This comprehensive reference and tutorial is essential reading for gaining a thorough understanding of the key concepts of this engineering software.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118791271
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/26/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1032
  • Sales rank: 756,790
  • File size: 70 MB
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Meet the Author

Louisa Holland is a civil engineer who has been training Civil 3D users since 2006. She has worked extensively with the WisDOT, Caltrans, and various consultants on Civil 3D implementations. Louisa is an Autodesk Approved Instructor (AAI), an AutoCAD Civil 3D Certified Professional, and a regular speaker at Autodesk University (AU), AUGI, and other industry events. Cyndy Davenport has 27 years of experience in the land development industry and multiple Civil 3D certifications. She speaks regularly at AU and blogs at Eric Chappell, EIT, is a Civil 3D consultant and award-winning trainer with more than 20 years of experience in the civil engineering field. He is the author of Civil 3D 2014 Essentials, a developer of Autodesk certification materials, a highly rated AU speaker, and an Autodesk Certified Instructor. He blogs at

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Table of Contents

Introduction xxiii

Chapter 1 • The Basics 1

The Interface 1

Civil 3D Templates 26

Creating Basic Lines and Curves 32

Creating Curves 40

Using Transparent Commands 52

The Bottom Line 55

Chapter 2 • Survey 57

Setting Up the Databases 57

Description Keys: Field to Civil 3D 64

Using Inquiry Commands 91

The Bottom Line 94

Chapter 3 • Points 97

Anatomy of a Point 97

Creating Basic Points 98

Basic Point Editing 112

Point Tables 119

User-Defined Properties 121

The Bottom Line 123

Chapter 4 • Surfaces 125

Understanding Surface Basics 125

Creating Surfaces 127

Refining and Editing Surfaces 145

Surface Additions 149

Surface Analysis 171

Comparing Surfaces 179

Labeling the Surface 184

Point Cloud Surfaces 189

The Bottom Line 195

Chapter 5 • Parcels 197

Introduction to Sites 197

Creating a Boundary Parcel 204

Creating Subdivision Lot Parcels Using Precise Sizing Tools 214

Editing Parcels by Deleting Parcel Segments 223

Best Practices for Parcel Creation 227

Labeling Parcel Areas 234

Labeling Parcel Segments 238

Creating a Table for Parcel Segments 244

The Bottom Line 246

Chapter 6 • Alignments 247

Alignment Concepts 247

Creating an Alignment 249

Editing Alignment Geometry 271

Alignments As Objects 280

The Bottom Line 296

Chapter 7 • Profiles and Profile Views 299

The Elevation Element 299

Editing Profiles 322

Profile Views 329

Editing Profile Views 340

Profile Labels 355

Profile Utilities 359

The Bottom Line 363

Chapter 8 • Assemblies and Subassemblies 365

Subassemblies 365

Building Assemblies 368

Specialized Subassemblies 393

Advanced Assemblies 402

Organizing Your Assemblies 404

The Bottom Line 407

Chapter 9 • Basic Corridors 409

Understanding Corridors 409

Recognizing Corridor Components 410

Working with Corridor Feature Lines 424

Understanding Targets 429

Editing Sections 435

Creating a Corridor Surface 438

Performing a Volume Calculation 447

Building Non-Road Corridors 448

The Bottom Line 452

Chapter 10 • Advanced Corridors, Intersections, and Roundabouts 453

Using Multiregion Baselines 453

Modeling a Cul-de-Sac 456

Moving Up to Intersections 466

Using an Assembly Offset 493

Understanding Corridor Utilities 500

Using a Feature Line as a Width and Elevation Target 504

Tackling Roundabouts: The Mount Everest of Corridors 510

The Bottom Line 524

Chapter 11 • Superelevation 525

Preparing for Superelevation 525

Applying Superelevation to the Design 537

Oh Yes, You Cant 545

Superelevation and Cant Views 548

The Bottom Line 552

Chapter 12 • Cross Sections and Mass Haul 555

Section Workflow 555

Creating Section Views 563

It’s a Material World 574

Section View Final Touches 579

Mass Haul 581

The Bottom Line 585

Chapter 13 • Pipe Networks 587

Pipe Network Setup 587

Creating a Sanitary Sewer Network 600

Editing a Pipe Network 612

Creating an Alignment from Network Parts 624

Drawing Parts in Profile View 626

Adding Pipe Network Labels 633

Creating an Interference Check 636

Creating Pipe Tables 639

Under Pressure 644

Part Builder 660

Part Builder Orientation 661

The Bottom Line 668

Chapter 14 • Grading 669

Working with Grading Feature Lines 669

Grading Objects 701

The Bottom Line 711

Chapter 15 • Plan Production 713

Preparing for Plan Sets 713

Using View Frames and Match Lines 714

Creating Plan and Profile Sheets 729

Creating Section Sheets 740

Drawing Templates 746

The Bottom Line 749

Chapter 16 • Advanced Workflows 751

Data Shortcuts 751

Using LandXML 772

The Bottom Line 775

Chapter 17 • Quantity Takeoff 777

Employing Pay Item Files 777

Keeping Tabs on the Model 785

Inventorying Your Pay Items 799

The Bottom Line 801

Chapter 18 • Label Styles 803

Label Styles 803

Line and Curve Labels 824

Pipe and Structure Labels 829

Profile and Alignment Labels 834

Advanced Style Types 851

The Bottom Line 860

Chapter 19 • Object Styles 861

Getting Started with Object Styles 861

Linear Object Styles 872

Surface Styles 877

Pipe and Structure Styles 889

Profile View Styles 900

Section View Styles 911

The Bottom Line 917

Appendix A • The Bottom Line 919

Appendix B • Autodesk Civil 3D 2014 Certification 963

Index 967

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